The Wilmington Marine Parade – 1888

10 Apr

The Marine Parade.

A meeting of masters of steamboats was held yesterday evening to make arrangements for the grand marine parade, to take place on the river on the 24th inst.  Capts. Williams and Crapon were appointed a committee to draft rules and regulations to govern the parade, to report at a meeting on Saturday evening next.  There will be twenty-seven steamboats in the parade.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Thursday, July 19, 1888]

Local Dots.

—  The Blanche and Italian will take passengers for the marine parade to-day at 25 cents each.
—  The Passport has the following special schedule for to-day:  Leaves Southport at 7:30 a. m., bringing excursionists to witness the marine parade.  She will take passengers for the marine parade at 25 cents.  Returns to Southport as soon as the parade is over.
—  The Sylvan Grove runs as follows to-day:  Leaves for Carolina Beach at 9:30 a. m., returning in time for the marine parade.  Leaves her wharf at 2:30 p. m., for parade, taking passengers at 25 cents each.  Leaves wharf at 6 p. m. for moonlight excursion to Carolina Beach, returning to the city by 11 p. m.  Grand display of fireworks at the Beach.


The steamer Passport will run an excursion to the Blackfish grounds, taking in “the Rocks,” Southport and the Forts next Thursday; leaving at 6 a. m.

Bladen Street M. E. Church will give an excursion Thursday to Carolina Beach.  Refreshments will be served on board the Sylvan Grove and at the Beach.

The Rechabites—Unity Tent No. 60—will give an excursion to Southport Thursday, on the Queen of St. Johns.


The Programme Arranged for To-day
Boats to form at 3 p. m. on the west side of the river, the line commencing at Point Peter and extending up the river alongside of the timer pen.  Boats to come into line as hereinafter named;
1st Vertner, Capt. Morton.
2d. Ida Louise, Capt. Evans.
3d. Oklahoma, Capt. Stewart.
4th. Navassa, Capt. Thornton.
5th. Boss, Capt. Manning.
6th. Louise, Capt. Sellers.
7th. Bessie, Capt. Crapon.
8th. Pet, Capt. Taft.
9th. Craighill, Capt. J. H. Williams.
10th. Enterprise, Capt. Ward.
11th. Acme, Capt. Taylor.
12th. Lisbon, Capt. Black.
13th. Delta, Capt. Sherman.
14th. Easton, Capt. Kinyon.
15th. Italian, Capt. J. T. Harper.
16th. Blanche, Capt. Jacobs.
17th. Passport, Capt. Snell.
18th. Murchison, Capt. Smith.
19th. Hurt, Capt. Robeson.
21th. Sylvan Grove, Capt. J. W. Harper.
22nd.Queen of St. John, Capt. Paddison.
23rd. U. S. steamer Colfax, respectfully invited to join the parade.
Steamer Marie, Capt. E D. Williams, will act as the starting boat and see that the line is kept in order.
Starting from Point Peter, proceeding in mid-stream down the river.  When the leading boat is opposite Market Dock, at a signal from the Marie, each boat will give one long blast of the steam whistle when opposite the Creosote Works.  Proceeding down the river to Black Buoy, opposite the Dram Tree, rounding the buoy, turning from the eastward to westward, following the west side of the river up opposite to the Champion Compress.  As each boat arrives opposite the Compress it will give three blasts of the steam whistle, turn and proceed to its dock.
Boats are requested to display all their bunting.  It is especially requested that all boats will use extraordinary caution while in the line, and when breaking line, give the proper signals at the proper time, in order to avoid any accident.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Tuesday, July 24, 1888]

Wilmington Marine Parade 1888

Wilmington Marine Parade 1888

Local Dots.

—  The steamers Cape Fear and Hurt brought a large number of visitors to the city yesterday from Fayetteville and points along the river to witness the parade.

A Gallant Display of Marine Craft in
Honor of the State Guard and the
Visit of His Excellency Gov. Scales.

The marine parade early in the afternoon was witnessed by a multitude of people.  The river front all along the city was thronged with spectators, who covered the wharves and filled the offices and buildings and even swarmed on the house-tops.  Besides these, the steamers Sylvan Grove, Passport, Queen of St. John’s and Cape Fear were crowded with passengers, who had embarked to witness the grand pageant.

The steamboats which were to take part in the parade had been busy all the forenoon preparing for the event, and by 3 o’clock were covered from bow to stern with flags and bunting.  The Marie, under command of Capt. E. D. Williams, which acted as the directing boat, and the Sylvan Grove were particularly resplendent, and the handsome revenue steamer Colfax sported all her gay colors.

Promptly at 3 p. m. the boats began to get in line in accordance with the published programme.  The Colfax took position on the west side of the river, opposite the Custom House, her with anchor down, two of her ports open and guns run out, ready as it seemed, for anything that might happen.  One after the other the boats taking part in the parade steamed up to Point Peter and took the places assigned them, and at half past 3 p. m. the leading boat, the Vertner, at a signal from the Marie led off, and was followed by the other boats in the following order:  Ida Louise, Capt. Evans; Boss, Capt. Shaw; Navassa, Capt. Thornton; Louise, Capt. Sellers; Craighill, Capt. J. H. Williams; Pet, Capt. Taft; Acme, Capt. Taylor; Delta, Capt. Sherman; Easton, Capt. Kenyon; Italian, Capt. J. t. Harper; Blanche, Capt. Jacobs; Passport, Capt. Snell; Cape Fear, Capt. Tomlinson; Sylvan Grove, Capt. J. W. Harper, and Queen of St. Johns, Capt. Paddison.

The boats steamed down the river in line, each giving one blast of her steam whistle as she passed the Colfax and receiving an answering signal from the latter, and as the last boat passed all the whistles were blown, blending in one long deafening blast.

It was in the programme that Gov. Scales should view the parade from the deck of the Colfax, but there was delay in the arrival of the party, and it was not until the last boat had passed that the Governor’s party drove down to Market street dock, where the cutter’s boats had been waiting some time in readiness to receive them.  The party consisted of Gov. Scales and wife, Lieut. Gov. Stedman, wife and daughter several members of the Governor’s staff, Collector Robinson, Mayor Fowler, Judge O. P. Meares and others.  The visitors were received by Capt. Moore and his officers with all due courtesy, the State flag of North Carolina was run up on the foremast of the cutter and a salute of fifteen guns fired in honor of the Governor.  When the last gun was fired, a beautiful wreath or circle of smoke ascended slowly from its muzzle as high as the masthead and floated northward.  It was seen by many persons on shore, who spoke of it as a singular and noticeable occurrence.

By this time the leading boats had reached and rounded the buoy opposite the Dram Tree, and the procession of steamers reformed, passing the Colfax again, but in two ranks, and again with redoubled blasts from the steam whistles of all the boats.  After steaming a short distance up the river the parade was dismissed and the boats returned to their respective wharves.

All in all the display was a magnificent one, and great credit is due to Capt. Edgar D. Williams and the other captains of the fleet, for the manner in which it was conducted.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Wednesday, July 25, 1888]

The Hurt, Murchison and Cape Fear steamboats took part in the grand marine parade at Wilmington on Tuesday.  The people of Wilmington all enter heartily in everything that attracts or is for the good of the city.  A spirit that will do much to ensure her future progress.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, July 26, 1888]

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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